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BY THE NUMBERS 2014 991 Self-Employment 18% 24 +5.4 1,359 Establishments Employees per Business Change from 2001 -9% –Male 74% –Female 26% Diversity (Percentile) –Industry 28 –Occupation 29 Business Profile Jim Wells County has nearly 1,000 businesses that support its population over 42,000. The county has experienced considerable economic growth in association with the shale oil boom in South Texas. Business Establishments, 2014 Businesses by Industry, 2014 Review of South Texas Business Conditions ELLS COU NTY Sales by Industry ($ mil), 2013 JIM W The number of businesses grew from 824 in 2003 to nearly 1,000 a decade later. Judging simply by the numbers, businesses spread quite evenly across the major economic sectors. Retail trade and health care services are the sectors with the largest numbers of firms. In terms of sales, however, the 25 manufacturing firms together generate nearly $1 billion, or 30 percent of the total sales volume in Jim Wells county. The 85 oil and gas firms in that county together account for another 30 percent of the county’s annual sales volume. Firms in those sectors contribute to the relatively high employment concentration in terms of either industries or occupations. Following the oil and gas industry, retail trade, transportation and manufacturing have been responsible for most of the local job growth. 25 llllllllllll llllllllllll